Family, pets, and kids, along with yourself, contribute to all the bacteria and mess on your floors and carpets. Stains are bound to happen, but there are proper ways to get rid of those stains and get rid of most of the bacteria. First of all, you should use a non-toxic antibacterial solution, just like professional carpet cleaners use.
After you clean up after accidental messes or stains, there are still microorganisms that can’t be seen by the human eye. You should use a non-toxic antibacterial solution, and you can make a very effective one yourself at home. Get two cups of baking soda and mix it with one cup of vinegar in order to make a paste. Vinegar is an antimicrobial substance, and baking powder is, of course, a universal cleaner that can has a variety of uses, including deodorization. Before you use the mix, test it out on a small piece of your carpet first. Then, you can rub in the solution in a circular motion on the stained area with a clean white cloth. Let it sit for a couple of hours to do its magic. When the liquid has evaporated, you can vacuum the area.
Antimicrobial solutions are great at helping to get rid of mildew, urine, bacteria, sewage, contaminants, and water damage. If bacteria in your home aren’t cleaned up, it can severely affect your skin, allergies, and make you more susceptible to illnesses. You don’t even have to limit the antimicrobial solution to just your carpet, as you can use it anywhere in your home, such as your kitchen tile, upholsteries (check first to see if it won’t ruin it), couches, fabrics, etc.
If you have kids, then you know your kids just can’t seem to keep food in their mouths, especially candy! The worst place they can spill the candy is on your precious carpet. Candy contains a variety of dies and plenty of sugar to make it a hassle to get off carpets. If sticky candy lands on your synthetic or wool carpet, DO NOT just rip it off, as the carpet fibers will rip.
First of all, if you have a sticky piece of candy stuck to your carpet, you’ll need to scrape it off with something like a butter knife. Scrape off as much of the sticky candy off the carpet as you can. Once you’re done carefully scraping off as much of the candy as you can, continue the cleaning procedure by blotting the area with a wet paper towel. Next, you will need to use a clean cloth dipped in distilled white vinegar. The vinegar will help in dissolving the remainder of the sticky candy residue.
At this point, the candy should be removed from the carpet. You should then flush the newly cleaned patch of carpet with water, and just allow the area to dry at its own pace. Remember that store-bought house-cleaners can also help get off sticky candy stains. Once your kids get older, print out guidelines of how to clean spills/stains and slap it on their bedroom door!
If there’s a flood or leak in your home you need to act quickly to try and repair or restore items that have been damaged by water. There will be things that are permanently damaged, but you should sift through what can be saved.
Your carpet is a big target for water leaks. Determine whether or not the water from the leak or flood is coming from sanitary water, which comes from pipes or rain, or if it’s unsanitary water that comes from toilets, underground or sewage. Black or murky water that floods onto your carpets means that you should get rid of the carpet, as well as the carpet padding. Water damage can bring up serious health hazards even if it’s sanitary water, because moisture allows mold and bacteria to thrive.
D.Y.I Process for drying water-damaged areas:
Move the furniture away from the water-damaged area.
Disinfect the area that has been damaged by water. Mix about 3 tablespoons of bleach with a gallon of water and scrub the cleaning solution to the wet areas.
Make sure the room is ventilated very well.
Switch out the carpet padding. Reach the carpet padding by using a box-cutter. Keep the surface carpet elevated when removing the padding underneath. Put the new carpet padding in, and lay the carpet back down starting form the inside and moving out towards the edges.
Adhere the carpet back down to the tack board with something strong.
Acquire heavy-duty fans to blow directly onto the carpet for about 30 hours minimum. Use a dehumidifier to speed up the drying process.
If the carpet doesn’t seem to be getting dryer after about 12 hours, you will probably need to replace the carpet completely.